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Facebook removes Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro video over false vaccine claims

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The video in which Jair Bolsonaro links Covid vaccines to AIDS first aired Thursday

Rio de Janeiro:

Facebook removed from its platform a video of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro late Sunday after the far-right leader falsely claimed that COVID-19 vaccines were linked to developing AIDS.

“Our policies do not allow claims that COVID-19 vaccines kill or seriously harm people,” a Facebook spokesperson said on Monday.

According to the United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), COVID-19 vaccines approved by health regulators are safe for most people, including those living with HIV, the virus that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). .

In July, Alphabet removed from Bolsonaro’s YouTube channel videos in which the Brazilian president recommended the use of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin against COVID-19, despite scientific evidence that these drugs are not effective in treating the disease.

Since then, Bolsonaro has refrained from naming both drugs on his live broadcast, saying the video could be removed and advocating for “early treatment” for COVID-19 in general.

The video in which Bolsonaro linked COVID-19 vaccines to AIDS, first broadcast on Thursday, remained available on YouTube as of Monday.

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